The Problem With... Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger"


I gotta tell you something, readers. I haven't really followed The Voice, NBC's singing competition show.

It was never a conscious decision. I just haven't really followed reality shows since the first couple seasons of Survivor. I guess, as a writer, I want to support my peers who work on scripted shows.

Anyway, recent news changed my view on The Voice from indifference to a slight grudge. Last week, a tweet on Rihanna's account announced that Cee Lo Green dropped out of opening her "Loud" tour, which, by the way, is stopping by American Airlines Center tomorrow night. The tweet cited Cee Lo's commitment to The Voice as the reason for his departure, so it's probably the show's fault Dallas won't see him live. But I digress.

As a tie-in to the show, judges Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine (and Levine's band Maroon 5) and performed together their new single, "Moves Like Jagger," a few weeks ago.

The studio version of the track sounds sorta like that European disco-house stuff the duo Daft Punk ushered into popular music. It sounds good, actually. And if it had the disco slap-bass, it would sound a lot better.

As good as it sounds, though, this track trips on the cord a few times.

For instance, the chorus details the art of seduction in a weird order. Aren't you supposed to move like Jagger on the floor to charm your target and then kiss till you're drunk?

Worse, the great Xtina just gets just one verse in this track. Someone probably thought to give her fewer lines so she wouldn't mess them up like she did at the Super Bowl. Thing is, if Hook on Phonics taught us anything, it's that Xtina's only ever gonna improve if she gets more lines to hone her memory.

The last problem here? The titular reference to Mick Jagger. It didn't work when Ke$ha tried that in "TiK ToK." It doesn't work in this track either. Cultural references really only work in hip-hop, prime-time cartoons, and blogs.

Oh, and it doesn't help that this whole thing reeks of reality show promotion.

So, as it stands, "Moves Like Jagger" is getting voted off the island.

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Shaun Tuazon
Shaun Tuazon

I love the song. I love Christina. I do wish she sang more.

Donkey_punch
Donkey_punch

Just happened to come across your post. Please don't help your friends write on their scripted shows. You're an idiot and it would ruin television.

Karenpage
Karenpage

What a sad, bitter reviewer.

The song is No. 2 on iTunes downloads as we speak. It's obviously an infectious dance tune, not aspiring to be anything that a candy-coated bit of disco. Taking potshots at Christina's flub or Maroon 5's mention of Jagger is a bit childish. What -- no weight jokes for Christina?

Thanks for at least disclosing your biases, but that doesn't excuse them. Judge the song on its own merit.

MattL1
MattL1

19 seconds.  A new low.  Surely nobody is defending this crap, right?

Betty
Betty

I think they should of gave Christina more lyricss,, i was waiting for her to sing!! Then when she finally sung i was like wth is that it???? I was excited to hear her sing but godaaam only those few lines! I like the song cuz she's in it! MAn i just wished she sang more in it.

Sami
Sami

Meh, number 8 on the billboard 100 would say otherwise

Steve
Steve

Cultural references really only work in hip-hop, prime-time cartoons, and blogs.

Really??  Tell that to Mr. Billy Joel, friend.

Storm_71
Storm_71

The real problem with this song is that Aguilera is not dancing around half naked in the video.

sarahactivated
sarahactivated

I was thinking the same. But I have a feeling that this review is meant to be tongue-in-cheek because they do admit that the song is good.

So it must be taken with a grain of salt :)

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